Tourism In Melbourne
Melbourne is only the second largest city of Australia but it attracts over 50 million domestic and international tourists every year. What makes this bustling Victorian city a favorite destination among many travelers?
Perhaps, it is because of business. Melbourne is a leading financial centre in the Asia-Pacific, so it’s not surprising that many people come here to do business. Perhaps it is because of a sporting event. Big fans of the Australian Open or the Australian Football League or the Melbourne Cup come here to see the live action. Then, again, perhaps there’s a cultural event or a festival like the Moomba or the Melbourne International Arts Festival that attracted some people to come and join the fun.
Should you come to Melbourne for whatever major reason, make sure you do not leave this cosmopolitan city without exploring some of its top tourist attractions. You can easily have a free city tour if you like by taking the Melbourne City Circle Tram. You can get off at certain stops to explore some of attractions mentioned below and just catch the next tram to continue your tour.
Top Attractions in Melbourne
There are so many interesting places to visit and exciting things to do in Melbourne. If you only have a few days to stay, these are some of the places you must see around the city.
Want to see an awesome view of the entire city? Check out Skydeck on the 88th floor of Eureka Tower. It’s the highest public viewing platform in Melbourne from where you can see the city’s popular landmarks using a viewfinder binoculars. While there, and if you’re not afraid of heights, step out on The Edge, which is a glass cube suspended 300 meters above the ground.
If you like to shop for fashion, jewelry and other general merchandise, you will love Harbour Town. Experience laneway shopping and get great deals from about 90 premium brand outlet stores that give up to 70% discounts on the regular price of items. This is a perfect destination if you’re riding the City Circle Tram because it stops right there in Harbour Town.
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market is a historic icon being a long time shopping centre for fresh produce since 1878. Today, you can also shop here for all sorts of non-food items including clothes, toys, art and unique souvenirs.
Visit this one-of-a-kind outdoor museum and get to experience panning for REAL gold. Sovereign Hill is a former goldmining site recreated to show how community life was like during the goldrush days in the 1850s. People here wear colorful costumes and work in shops and businesses as candle makers, jewelers, blacksmiths and more.
Melbourne Zoo has been around since 1862 and cares for 320 animal species today. Some highlights in this zoo include the Trail of the Elephants and the Orang-utan Sanctuary.
See and interact with sea life at Melbourne Aquarium. Find over 10,000 aquatic animals, including the largest saltwater crocodile in the world and the largest freshwater fish in Australia, the Murray Cod.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne is known as Australia’s garden city because of the great number of beautiful parks and gardens here. Royal Botanic Gardens is one popular, historic garden dating back to 1856 with 40 hectares of land area and over 50,000 plant species to boot.
Yarra River Cruise
A boat ride along the Yarra River gives tourists a peaceful and relaxing experience while enjoying the sights.
Arts Centre Melbourne
After the Yarra River Cruise, take a stroll along St. Kilda Road to get to Australia’s biggest performing arts venue — the Arts Centre. This is the perfect place for fans of theatre and concerts.
National Gallery of Victoria
Another place that promotes Australian culture is the National Gallery of Victoria, which is nearby the Arts Centre. Aside from housing thousands of precious artworks, this building also features a very colorful stained glass ceiling.